Lance Cpl. Aaron Leeks Asks Michelle Obama to Be His Date at Marine Corps Ball

Things that make you go “awwww!”

This is a peach of a story:

Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron Leeks was standing near the matchbox cars when First Lady Michelle Obama, helping sort Christmas giveaways to needy kids, moved right next to him.

Seeing an opening, “he struck.”

“She said, ‘yes.’ She’d love to go with me,” said Leeks, who is now awaiting White House confirmation that the president’s wife, indeed, will be his date for the Marine Corps Ball in Nov. 2012 .


Asking the first lady to the ball–she had stopped in to spotlight the Marines 65-year-old “Toys for Tots” project–was  its own kind of daring.

Afterward, “a few people asked me, ‘Did you just ask your boss’s boss’s boss’s wife out?’”

Leeks said his request is a “thank you” for Michelle Obama’s personal outreach to military families.

“I knew how supportive the first lady is of the family structure, in general, and especially military families,” Leek told ABCNews.com by phone, from his parents’ home in Frederick, Md.

For his first Marines ball, he was date-less.

The two women he asked declined.

“I think one of them said she thought she’d have to work. The next young lady I asked just told me, ‘no’ without further explanation,” he said.

When he extended the same invitation to the president’s wife, she looked kind of shocked at first.

“Like, was I really asking her? She said, ‘Really?’ And I said, ‘Yes, ma’am’  I’m greatly honored.’”

Michelle Obama has routinely demonstrated her support for military families, even in the face of disrespectful behavior. She’s a class act.


13 Responses to Lance Cpl. Aaron Leeks Asks Michelle Obama to Be His Date at Marine Corps Ball

  1. YOU GO BOY!

    (works better when it’s a girl, but meh whatever)

  2. This is the cutest story….I wonder what she’ll wear, lol

  3. That Guy With The Ponytail

    This kid has a future.

  4. I loved this! But Lance CPL Aaron Leeks better keep his hands respectful because PBO will be watching!

    The Marine Corp Ball is a huge deal for Marines and having a “special date” matters. No Marine wants to go stag. Lots of Marines use this event to propose marriage or fall in love. It means a lot to them.

    This is so one of those “AWWWW” moments!

  5. The boy has stones. And, who would turn down such an obvious cutie. Dude, ask me, I could use a date.

  6. see picture for a laugh


    but anyways, I dont see the big deal, a marine asked Nancy reagan to an event one time, but I expect some bullshit from the right and left about Mrs Obama being a cheating adultress

  7. What a cutie that young man is and good on Mrs. Obama for accepting.

  8. Loves it! I bet the Pres tags along.

  9. Well, I gotta hand it to the guy — asking out the C-in-C’s wife is daring, but I don’t think it’s going too far, or he’s liable to find himself assigned to an outpost in the mid-Pacific on an island that has map coordinates for a name.

  10. If I were 50 years younger, that MARINE would be my date if he asked!!!


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